Gaming and esports fans should be excited to know that ANOTHER tournament is set to make waves in the country! This time, the first-ever esports franchise model league, The Nationals, is launching in the first quarter of 2019.
With six BIG industry names (TNC Pro Team, HappyFeet Esports, and BrenPro Inc. along with Cignal TV Inc., PLDT and Smart Communications, and newcomer STI Education Systems) already signed up to form their own teams and be a quintessential building block of the league, The Nationals looks to be an interesting local take (and possible gamechanger??) on Philippine esports.
The set up is reminiscent of your typical sports league format where the franchise teams will battle it out in four main game titles under different platforms (PC, mobile, and console), setting their sights on DotA 2, Mobile Legends, and NBA2k18. There is a rumored wildcard game but details about this have yet to be announced.
The main goal of The Nationals is to set up a talent pool so that the country will be able to send our own esports athletes to compete and represent the Philippines in tournaments the likes of the SEA Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics. Isn’t that exciting??? :DDDD
“Cignal has always believed in giving the Filipino viewer what it wants, whether it’s a new movie channel, the best sports events or a more immersive news program. Cignal’s move into esports is motivated by the same passion to give people what they’ve been clamoring for,” said Jane Basas, CEO of Cignal TV Inc.
“And more than that, we want to take our position and help elevate the play and broadcast of esports to new heights in the country.”
And guess what? We won’t have to wait until next year to get some Filipino gaming action going on because PLDT Home and Smart Communications will be hosting The Road to The Nationals. This will be their stand-alone grassroots tournament that will focus on finding esports talent in different parts of the country.
Elimination matches will be held all throughout August to October where the top 8 teams across the different game titles will be competing at ESGS 2018.
It has always been the dream of esports fans and pro-gamer hopefuls to be in the big league. And this is definitely their chance! Though not an esports gamer AT ALL, I do enjoy watching the competition!
So, what do you think, guys? Do we have the makings of a pro league in our hands?